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Ooni of Ife to attend Akwaaba  African tourism diaspora conference



Ooni of Ife to attend Akwaaba  African tourism diaspora conference

Ooni of Ife, His Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II has confirmed his  attendance of the
African Tourism Diaspora Conference as the Special Guest of Honour to be held at the 15th Akwaaba
African Travel Market, September 22nd to 24th, 2019 in Lagos.
The Oba will be addressing not just the Yoruba nation at the event which takes place September 23rd,
but the global African diaspora on bringing African Cultures together to grow its people.
The Ooni in his remark while receiving the Akwaaba team who came to invite him on the Side lines of a
NATOP visit said “there are over 500 million Yoruba’s across the world and the Ancestral home of Ile-Ife
is ready to welcome them when they visit Nigeria”.
He said the African Tourism Diaspora conference is a great platform and timely for this important
conversation to be held
Akwaaba will present the African Tourism Diaspora Conference on September 23, 2019 as a part of the
week-long AKWAABA African Travel Market. Africa with 54 countries and a population of 1.2 billion has
unbelievable tourism attractions.
The African diaspora and Africa have same unique culture, a rich heritage and beautiful destinations for
Tourism and Trade, therefore, there is a need to connect and combine these wonderful cultures and
population together as a market for mutual benefit.
This is as the Organisers announced the partnership deal with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation UK
Chapter for this year’s event.
The partnership was signed last year at the World Travel Market held in London. The Caribbean Tourism
Organisation represents the tourism board of the Caribbean Islands.
At the Caribbean Tourism Organizations Annual General Meeting (AGM), in Carlton House Terrace,
London, Dein Gbabo, Business Development Manager, Akwaaba Travel Market made a presentation
about the upcoming event in September to participants.
The CTO members were very excited to explore the African market for the very first time this year, and
will be using Akwaaba Travel market as a platform to shore up tourists from the continent and also
showcase beautiful tourist’s’ site of the Caribbean Islands. The CTO’s participation at the Exhibitions was
announced to partners as part of the Caribbean month’s events of 2019.
In 2016, at Akwaaba African Travel Market started the Africa Travel and Tourism Conference and has
since featured the largest gatherings of Top Aviation, Tourism professionals and discussed key topics
that stirred the industry and have generated some significant impact thereon. These topics included; 1
year accident free commercial aviation in 2017, why Airlines fail, Women in Tourism conference, African
Tour operators conference, Youth in Tourism conference; Challenges and the future.

Since there has been no other comprehensive conference bringing leaders in tourism of the African
Diaspora who have helped to make black cultural heritage tourism what it is today, the African Tourism
Diaspora Conference is a worthwhile event that will be very significant to the culture, tourism industry and
beyond. Akwaaba expects the attendance of dignitaries, government officials, professionals, corporate
executives, organization and association leaders and scholars, as well as cultural, heritage and travel
enthusiasts in general.

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